March 5th, 2012
North Carolina will test its tornado-preparation plans Wednesday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a statewide tornado drill at 9:30 a.m. on all weather radios and public alert systems, including local TV and radio stations.
NWS and Gov. Bev Perdue encourage schools and businesses across the state to practice tornado drills and enact safety plans at the same time.
It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state, according to declarations by Perdue and the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Tuesday, March 6
St. Stephens softball at Alexander Central
Maiden softball vs. Lincoln Charter
Foard softball at Watauga
Newton-Conover softball vs. Lincolnton
St. Stephens baseball at Alexander Central
Bandys baseball vs. Lexington
Fred T. Foard baseball vs. Watauga
St. Stephens tennis at Hibriten
Maiden tennis vs. Bunker Hill
Bandys tennis vs. East Burke
Foard tennis at South Caldwell
Newton-Conover tennis at South Iredell
St. Stephens soccer at Ashbrook
Bandys soccer at South Caldwell
Bunker Hill soccer at Alexander Central
Monday, March 5
NWC golf at Orchard Hill GC (South Caldwell)
Maiden baseball vs. Lincolnton
Bandys baseball at Lincoln Charter
Bunker Hill baseball vs. North Lincoln
Bunker Hill softball vs. North Lincoln
Newton-Conover softball at Hickory
Foard soccer vs. Burns
Newton-Conover soccer at Lincoln Charter
Foard tennis vs. Lake Norman
Newton-Conover tennis vs. Salisbury vs. Hickory
L-R women's golf at Lady Pirate Invitational
L-R men's golf at Richard Rendleman Invitational
L-R women's tennis at Barton, 1 p.m.
L-R men's tennis at Barton, 1 p.m.
Jobs, scholarships and politics are focuses of events this week in the county.
Catawba Valley Community College will host a job fair Tuesday.
Catawba County commissioner candidates will speak Thursday at the Catawba Valley Tea Party's monthly meeting.
On Friday, Newton Kiwanis Club will sell barbecue chicken plates to raise money for scholarships for county students.
Read on for details on these events and more this week in Catawba County.
Thirteen was an unlucky number for the Bandys girls basketball team Saturday in the 2A West Regional finals in Greensboro.
Bandys, which led Wilkes Central by 13 points at halftime, scored 13 second-half points on its way to falling to the Lady Eagles by 13, 58-45.
The Lady Trojans finish their season at 28-3.
Bandys' third trip to the 2A West Regionals will be longer than the first two.
Madi Story made sure of that Friday night.
The sophomore guard powered her way to 33 points and 10 rebounds against North Surry, leading the Lady Trojans (28-2) to the sectional championship, 60-49, at Fleming Gym on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.
"That's been in her all year," Bandys coach Beth Queen said of Story's performance. "Madi just took control of the game, put us on her shoulders and carried us. She saw what had to be done and took it to the rim for us."
Newton-Conover senior running back Jervasse Moss was tabbed Friday to play in the 64th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game.
Moss will play for the West as one of 32 high school football players on the squad.
â€śI think this is a good opportunity to get ready and prepared for college,â€ť Moss said. â€śItâ€™s very special because I didnâ€™t get to play many games this season. God just blessed me with another game to play in high school football against the best players. Weâ€™ll see what happens when I get down there.â€ť
Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from Ben Watson, St. Stephens defeated Maiden on the baseball diamond, 7-0 â€” the second win by the Indians against the Blue Devils.
St. Stephens scored six runs in the sixth inning, and were led offensively by Luke Barton, who went 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles.
The Indians' Logan Gray was 2-for-3 with a double, while Ky'rawn Whitfield went 2-for-3, as well.
Aaron Rudisill delivered the lone Maiden hit, while Adam Houston suffered the loss on the mound for the Blue Devils.
DURHAM â€” Austin Rivers punctuated his first North Carolina-Duke game with one of the biggest shots in the rivalry's history.
For an encore, the freshman wants to bring his fourth-ranked Blue Devils another ACC regular-season title.
The No. 1 seed in the conference tournament â€” and maybe one in the NCAA tournament, too â€” once again is on the line Saturday night when Duke (26-4, 13-2) faces the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2) in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference co-leaders.
Marilyn Joyce Ballard Baker, 67, of Conover, formerly of Lincolnton, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center in Lincolnton, after a long period of declining health. The Baker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Patricia Ann Cline McAlister, 76, of East Maiden Road, Maiden, died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the McAlister Family.